->''CAVEAT: Bringing about Armageddon can be dangerous. Do not attempt it in your own home.''

''Good Omens'' is a novel about the apocalypse co-written by Creator/TerryPratchett and Creator/NeilGaiman, in which TheAntichrist is accidentally SwitchedAtBirth and given to a normal family, where he grows up free from any influence of Heaven and Hell and becomes a completely normal and average child. Well, normal aside from the fact that he's subconsciously using his powers to make sure his small, quaint hometown ''stays'' small and quaint...

The mix-up causes plans for Armageddon to spin wildly out of control, as agents of both Heaven and Hell try to find out just why things aren't going as planned. Two of those agents, an angel (Aziraphale) and a demon (Crowley), who've come to realize that they have more in common with each other than with their superiors, are trying to find the Antichrist and put a stop to TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt because they decided they ''like'' humanity. Also in the mix are the last witch-finder in England (and his new assistant), and a modern-day witch who is the heir to a book of oddly specific but still conveniently obscure prophecies.

Pratchett and Gaiman considered working on a sequel, but aside from the potential title ''668: The Neighbour of the Beast'' nothing ever came of it. With the death of Pratchett, it is a near-certainty that the book will never see the light of day.

[[http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/10/01/terry-pratchetts-own-tv-company-to-adapt-good-omens-and-the-watch/ A four part mini-series adapting it was apparently in the works]], by Terry Pratchett's own production company, with Terry Jones (of Creator/MontyPython fame) and Gavin Scott writing the scripts, though nothing seems to have come of it. BBC Radio 4 aired [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04knt4h a six-part mini series]] adaptation of the book in December 2014, created by the same production team who did the celebrated adaption of Neil Gaiman's ''Neverwhere''.

Amazon has greenlit a [[http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/19/14323060/amazon-neil-gaiman-terry-pratchett-good-omens miniseries]] to be written by Gaiman (with Pratchett's blessing). Creator/DavidTennant has been cast to play Crowley, while the role of Aziraphale will be filled by Creator/MichaelSheen. The full production has started in September 2017, and the series is slated for either late 2018 or early 2019.

Some useful annotations for the inquiring (or nonplussed) reader can be found [[http://lspace-us.puntbow.net.au/books/apf/good-omens.html here]].

!!This book provides examples of:

* AbstractApotheosis: The Bikers undergo this when Adam is near. Only Death doesn't change. (Some things don't).
* ActionGirl: Pepper, [[FieryRedhead War]], and Anathema (she carries a bread knife).
* AffablyEvil: Crowley, "An Angel who did not so much Fall as Saunter Vaguely Downwards", if he can [[AntiVillain even be called evil]].
* AffectionateParody: Of ''The Literature/BookOfRevelation'' and ''Film/TheOmen''
* AliensInCardiff: Lower Tadfield as the location of the apocalypse.
* AllBikersAreHellsAngels:
** The co-Bikers of the Apocalypse.
** Other bikers are ''literally'' Hell's Angels.
* TheAllegedCar:
** Newt's Wasabi.
** Taken UpToEleven with [[spoiler: [[CoolCar Crowley's Bentley]] after going over the M25. It's on fire, has no wheels, and takes all of Crowley's concentration just to keep it from falling apart.]]
* TheAllegedComputer: Newton Pulsifer has a singular knack for machinery, which is the knack of failing absolutely to make them do what he wants them to do. And he ''always'' buys the worst. His computers somehow always manage to be the early model with the hopelessly flawed chipset or the bug-ridden OS and the like. [[TheAllegedCar And don't ask about his car.]] [[spoiler: Notably, this becomes his ChekhovsSkill… well, ''lack'' of skill.]]
* AluminumChristmasTrees:
** Aziraphale's copy of the Bible that accidentally read "Thou Shalt Commit Adultery"? [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicked_Bible It exists]]. ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bible_errata All]]'' the misprints do, except the "Bugger-Alle-This Bible" and the "Charing Cross Bible". "Standing Fishes" included.
** People with names like "Thou-Shalt-Not-Commit-Adultery"? Actually happened among Puritans.
* AnachronismStew: The novel's archaic passages occasionally derive humour from combining modern idioms with generally accurate Early Modern English dialect.
** The usage of "forget my own head next" in a passage that otherwise could have come straight out of the King James Bible:
---> 25 And the Lord spake unto the Angel that guarded the eastern gate, ''saying'' Where is the flaming sword which was given unto thee?\\
26 And the Angel said, I had it here only a moment ago, I must have put ''it'' down some where, forget my own head next.\\
27 And the Lord did not ask him again.
** Shakespeare's three "lost plays": ''The Comedie of Robin Hoode, or The Forest of Sherwoode'', ''The Trapping of the Mouse'', and ''[[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers Golde Diggers of 1589]]''. (Two of these are actually references to specific theatrical or cinematic productions; the second is a reference to Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Theatre/TheMousetrap'', while ''Golde Diggers'' is a reference to a series of similarly named movie musicals from [[Film/GoldDiggersOf1933 1933]], [[Film/GoldDiggersOf1935 1935]], and [[Film/GoldDiggersOf1937 1937]]. However, it is unlikely any attested usages of the idiom exist from as early as Shakespeare's day.)
** Any of Agnes' prophecies concerning modern technology: "Do Notte Buye Betamacks."
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: The four Horse''persons''.
* TheAntiChrist: Adam is the Antichrist.
* AntiAntichrist: Adam again.
** [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zagged]]. [[spoiler:He's a mischievous kid who doesn't quite understand adult morality yet, but doesn't do anything really ''nasty''... then he gets angry at the way the human race is screwing up the world and decides to do something about it. For a bit, he becomes a crazed monster, willing to genocide the human race and build new, better people for him to play with. Then his human side regains control and he again becomes his essentially affable self, but still containing a dark well of evil threatening to burst through every so often.]]
* {{Anticlimax}}:
** After following them intermittently throughout the book, the role of the Four Bikers of the Apocalypse turns out to be little more than sneaking into a military base and hacking some computers to kick-start World War III. Several of them comment on how this feels like a letdown after thousands of years of waiting.
** [[spoiler:Just when it looks like the Apocalypse has been averted, a mighty rumble from underground signals that [[{{Satan}} Crowley's boss]] isn't going to let this go easily]]. Crowley and Aziraphale arm themselves for the final battle, [[ItHasBeenAnHonor exchange speeches]], [[TransformationSequence change into]] [[OneWingedAngel their true forms]], and the human characters decide to join them in the upcoming fight... [[spoiler:then Adam waves his hand and suddenly there's no battle to be fought. [[SoWhatDoWeDoNow Everything's back to normal now and the characters can get on with their lives!]]]]
** [[spoiler:There's a certain DoubleEntendre in this sequence, where the characters believe they're about to fight Adam's biological father (Satan), but Adam changes it so that his adoptive father (Mr. Young) arrives instead]].
* AntiVillain: Crowley, at ''worst''. [[spoiler:Also, Death, while not as friendly as his ''Franchise/{{Discworld}}'' counterpart, never does anything in the novel that can actually be described as ''evil'', unlike the other three Horsepersons of the Apocalypse.]]
* AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering: "Listen, do you know what eternity is?"
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** "Human beings mostly aren't [particularly evil]. They just get carried away by new ideas, like [[ThoseWackyNazis dressing up in jackboots]] and shooting people, or dressing up in white sheets and lynching people, or dressing up in tie-dye denims and playing guitars at people".
** "Many phenomena -- wars, plagues, sudden audits -- have been advanced as evidence for the hidden hand of Satan in the affairs of Man..."
* AtrociousAlias: The secondary group of Bikers of the Apocalypse. Their names are: Grievous Bodily Harm, Cruelty to Animals, Really Cool People, and Treading In Dogshit (formerly All Foreigners Especially The French, formerly Things Not Working Properly Even After You've Given Them [[PercussiveMaintenance A Good Thumping]], never actually No Alcohol Lager, briefly Embarrassing Personal Problems, and finally [[ItMakesSenseInContext People Covered In Fish]])
* AuraVision: An offshoot of Anathema Device's psychic powers. It causes slight troubles when she can't see a certain person's aura.
-->[[spoiler:"It might, or might not, have helped Anathema get a clear view of things if she'd been allowed to spot the very obvious reason why she couldn't see Adam's aura. It was for the same reason that people in Trafalgar Square can't see England."]]
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Hastur and Ligur, Dukes of Hell... and then there's Lucifer.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Anathema Device.
* BabyTalk (or possibly, given that she's a Satanist, CutenessProximity): Sister Mary Loquacious, getting distracted by the baby Antichrist and his little hoofie-woofies. [[spoiler:Which he hasn't got]].
* BackToBackBadasses: [[spoiler:Aziraphale and Crowley when preparing for the final battle armed with a flaming sword and a tire iron, respectively]].
* BadassDecay: In-universe example. A huge dog that would make angry rottweilers and pitbulls cower gets turned into a small terrier-like mongrel with a funny ear, because Adam's his master and he said so. Much to Dog's dismay, he can't scare away cats like he used to and tries (mostly unsuccessfully) to fight his new small-dog instincts. By the end he gives up and starts to enjoy it, realizing much as Crowley has that Earth is so much more interesting than Hell.
* BadassNormal: [[BadassBystander Pepper, Brian, and Wensleydale]] who [[spoiler:defeat the Horsemen]], and Shadwell, who's [[spoiler:ready to take on Satan. With his ''forehead'']].
* BadBoss: Crowley is a demon, so his superiors include [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Hastur and Ligur]], [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection Dagon]], Beelzebub, and Satan -- all of whom are nasty pieces of work and threaten to [[ColdBloodedTorture make him regret some of his choices]]. On Aziraphale's side, there's the Metatron -- the KnightTemplar {{Jerkass}} Voice of God.
* BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil: The forces of Good and Evil are trying to destroy each other, but Aziraphale and Crowley (an angel and a demon, both very low-ranking) have been working opposite each other for so long that they've become [[OddCouple friends]]. They work to maintain the balance because it allows both of them to report successes to their superiors without anything really changing over time, which coincidentally allows them to keep working together on Earth. It's suggested that this may be the underlying idea behind the conflict in the first place, so that neither side ever wins permanently, but God's plan is so ineffable [[note]] "very complicated solitaire." [[/note]] that none of the lesser angels or demons know this for certain. It's implied that halfway between good and evil lie humans, who in turn are capable of the better acts than angels and worse acts than demons. For either side to win would destroy humanity, free will, and the whole world. [[spoiler:The free will part of this is what makes [[AntiAntiChrist Adam]] realize that doing whatever he wants with the world isn't the right way to go about it, because what's the point of having friends if you can make them do whatever you want?]]
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Technically, angels and demons don't need to breathe.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo:
** This is essentially the logic with which Anathema lives her life.
** Both Beelzebub and Metatron insist that "It is written" when [[spoiler:Adam refuses to take his part in Armageddon, and instead puts a stop to the whole thing]].
* BeenThereShapedHistory:
** Parodied. Crowley received a commendation from Hell for starting the Spanish Inquisition, which was the first he'd heard of it. He just happened to be in the area when it started, so Below attributed it to him. When he finally got around to seeing what that was about, he [[EvenEvilHasStandards was horrified]] and ended up spending a good deal of time [[INeedAFreakingDrink drinking to forget what he saw]].
** Likewise, Crowley and Aziraphale both claimed Milton Keynes as a success, and believed meter maids were a plot by the other side, but both were entirely human creations.
* BeingGoodSucks[=/=]BeingEvilSucks: Aziraphale and Crowley commiserate while drinking.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Aziraphale may be an angel, but it's still not a very good idea to piss him off.
* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: Before he and Crowley got to know each other, Aziraphale didn't believe that it was physically possible for a demon to do the right thing.
* BloodLust: Scarlett/Carmine Zuigiber/[[spoiler:War]].
-->She licked a spatter of blood—someone else's—from the back of her hand with a scarlet, cat-like tongue. Then she smiled.
* BlowYouAway: Crowley toys with the idea of conjuring up a hurricane [[Film/MaryPoppins to eliminate rival job applicants]].
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Azrael/Death probably goes here. And possibly {{God}}, what with all the [[ArcWords ineffability]].
* BodySurf: [[spoiler:Aziraphale does this briefly after stepping into a pentagram. Shadwell mistakes him for a demon. ''Twice in the same day.'']]
* BondVillainStupidity: Averted and lampshaded: Newt explains that he can't save the day the way James Bond would, because the bad guys didn't show him all the Megadeath Doomsday Machines and explain how they work before they left. If he ''were'' Bond, they would have; but this is real life.
* BookEnds: The last line of the book, "there never was an apple, Adam thought, that wasn't worth the trouble you got in for eating it", is a callback to the opening chapter, which is about Crowley arguing to Aziraphale that he didn't do anything wrong by making Adam and Eve eat the apple because the benefits of giving humans knowledge of good and evil outweigh the consequences of bringing God's wrath upon them.
* BoringButPractical:
** Crowley uses magic to maintain his car in perfect condition far longer than would normally be expected; Mr. Young achieves the same effect by just following the suggested maintenance schedule.
** Because she's a witch, and therefore sensible, Anathema doesn't rely on things like charms and spells to protect her when she goes out alone at night. Instead she carries a foot-long bread knife in her belt.
* BrickJoke:
** After the baby swap at the beginning, the narrator notes that it would be nice to think that the spare baby, instead of being ruthlessly disposed of, was adopted out and led an ordinary life somewhere with an ordinary sort of hobby like "restoring vintage bicycles, perhaps, or breeding tropical fish". Much, much later [[spoiler:it's mentioned in passing[[note]]and lampshaded in the footnotes[[/note]] that Greasy Johnson, the leader of Tadfield's other kid gang, is secretly devoted to his prize-winning collection of tropical fish]].
** Near the beginning, Crowley invites Aziraphale to lunch at the Ritz. Near the end, he does it again -- and while the angels[[note]](it is, after all, a plot point that fallen angels are still angels)[[/note]] are dining at the Ritz, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Nightingale_Sang_in_Berkeley_Square a nightingale sings in Berkeley Square]].
** In a footnote, it is mentioned that one of four things published in a trashy tabloid is actually true, including the fact that Elvis works at a burger joint. A little while later, Famine visits a restaurant and there's a man flipping burgers... with a cowlick... singing Hound Dog. You do the math. Further reinforced by Death later saying he never touched the guy.
* BuffySpeak: [[KnightTemplar Shadwell]], of all people, when instructing [[UnfazedEveryman Newt]] to look out for "Phenomena. Phenomenatrices. Things, ye ken well what I mean" as the main part of his witch finder media-watch duties. Also, Aziraphale when drunk.
* BurnTheWitch: On Agnes Nutter. It doesn't work [[StuffBlowingUp entirely as planned.]]
* CallBack:
** [[spoiler:The M25 becomes a major hurdle. It was first mentioned in a characterization joke in the first chapter.]]
** There's also a footnote about the "Buggre Alle This" Bible indicating that this particular edition of the Bible also had three extra verses in Genesis 3, and suggesting that they were inserted by Aziraphale. This is a callback to the very first prologue.
* CannotTellALie: Aziraphale. It extends to his taxes, which he files so scrupulously he's been audited several times by government accountants made deeply suspicious by such accurate, honest accounting.
* CardCarryingVillain:
** Crowley is an anti-heroic example... [[DownplayedTrope ish.]] He's a self-proclaimed bastard who tries to avoid doing the right thing as much as possible, but he doesn't seem to think of himself as truly ''evil''. The narrator states that he'd be the first to tell you that most demons aren't ''deep down'' evil, and Crowley doesn't argue when Aziraphale states that he always knew there was good in Crowley.
** There's no ambiguity with Beelzebub, Hastur, or Ligur, though. They're evil to the core and they know it. This is presumably also true of Satan.
* CareBearStare: One of Aziraphale's duties is spreading divine ecstasy. Crowley occasionally covers for him.
* CassandraTruth: Agnes' prophecy book was the only one that didn't sell a single copy in an era where prophecy books were all best sellers, it was also the only one with real prophecies.
* TheChainOfHarm: Crowley takes full advantage of it to maximize his efforts in making human lives miserable: he calls it "thinking wide". Other, more traditional demons frown at this.
* ChekhovsGag:
** In the prologue, Aziraphale is one of the angels with flaming swords stationed at the gates of the Garden of Eden to prevent Adam and Eve getting back in, and he gives his flaming sword to Adam and Eve to keep warm because he feels sorry for them. [[spoiler:During the final confrontation, it comes out that the red sword which is War's IconicItem is that same sword, and Aziraphale reclaims it after War is defeated.]]
** That Crowley arranged the M25 to be a demonic sigil. It seems like a throwaway gag at first, but it comes back in a big way.
* ChekhovsSkill: Well, ''lack'' of skill is more like it, but [[spoiler: Newton's utter ineptitude with technology is put to good use at a crucial moment when Anathema realizes that he can destroy the computer in the base by trying to fix it.]]
* TheChosenOne: Complicated; first when [[spoiler:the Antichrist is SwitchedAtBirth one too many times, resulting in the wrong person being prepared for 11 years]], and secondly when [[spoiler:he then decides he doesn't want to cause Armageddon and convinces both Heaven and Hell not to go through with it]].
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: "Aziraphale couldn't resist an opportunity to do good".
* CloudCuckoolander: Pollution, who is thought to be a hippie until people notice he's leaking things everywhere and is groovy about littering.
* ColourCodedCharacters: Three of the Four Horsemen have motifs based on the colour of horse they're described as riding in ''Revelations'' (War red, Famine black, Pestilence white). This covers not only their physical appearances, but also the pseudonyms they use, which are all synonyms for these colours.
* ColourfulThemeNaming and/or ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming: Three of the [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Bikers of the Apocalypse]] have names that reference the colors of the horses that, according to biblical texts, they ride out on.
** War takes such names as Scarlett and Carmine.
** Pollution goes by "White, or Blanc, or Albus, or Chalky, or Weiss, or Snowy", among others.
** Famine calls himself Dr. Raven Sable.
* ConflictBall: War is the anthropomorphic embodiment of one. Wherever she goes, people randomly start fighting (sometimes [[FemmeFatale over her]]).
* CoolCar: Crowley's Bentley is one. Although, towards the end it's a [[spoiler:totally hot car]] instead.
* CoolOldGuy: Shadwell is one, for a given value of "cool."
* CoolOldLady: Madame Tracey is barely phased by [[spoiler: being temporarily possessed by Aziraphale]], and is all too willing to help out in whatever way she can in the face of Armageddon.
* CoolShades: Crowley has some, which he wears ''[[SunglassesAtNight all the time]]''.
* CosmicPlaything: ''Everybody'' is a cosmic plaything. With the possible exception of [[spoiler:Adam]].
* CrackFic: It basically ''is'' one for Literature/TheBible.
* CrazyPrepared:
** Crowley [[spoiler:keeping holy water on hand]].
** Agnes Nutter, who had plenty of time to prepare for her imminent burning, including getting her affairs in order, cancelling the milk, and [[spoiler:filling her underwear with gunpowder and roofing nails]].
** Agnes's descendants, thanks to the book she left behind, have at least a vague idea of what's coming.
** Whoever wrote the book of Maritime Radio Signals included one for reporting the return of Atlantis (and its High Priest winning a quoits contest).
* CriticalStaffingShortage: The Witchfinder Army was once a thriving paramilitary organization but by the time of the book is reduced to two. However, both Heaven and Hell believe the WA is at least regiment-sized...
* CurbStompBattle:
** Crowley takes on a jeep full of soldiers at the Lower Tadfield airbase. By the next paragraph, it's Crowley's jeep.
** War, after getting her sword in a bar full of armed soldiers, decides it's time to get to know them better. To their initial and short-lived surprise, they regret this.
%%* DarkActionGirl: War.
* DarkIsNotEvil[=/=]LightIsNotGood[=/=]GoodIsNotNice: See Not So Different below.
** "...stretching off to infinity, were the hosts of Heaven and Hell, wingtip to wingtip. If you looked really closely, and had been specially trained, you could tell the difference." Incidentally, this is also a shout-out to a very famous series of pictures by MC Escher depicting... you guessed it: geometrically-spaced angels dovetailing perfectly with geometrically-spaced devils.
* DeadlyPrank: The bucket over the door trick. Holy water + demons. Bad combination. At least, for the demon.
* DeadpanSnarker: Newton gradually morphs into one in the face of the absurdities he's subjected to.
* DeathGlare: [[PsychoactivePowers When it's deployed by Crowley]] [[RealityWarper reality tends to realign accordingly.]]
* {{Deconstruction}}: Agnes is a deconstruction of [[{{Seers}} oracular characters in general]]. On the one hand, we see that she's always right, but sometimes her predictions are oddly specific (don't buye Betamacks), too ahead of their time (jogging helps people to live longer), centered on her relatives in the future (she predicted for 1963-11-22 that a house in a small English city would fall down, but doesn't mention the assassination of UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy on the same day -- one of her relatives might have been near that house on that day, but apparently, none of them wanted to go to Dallas), and she didn't bother to order her predictions or explain them in detail. On the other hand, she uses her power to successfully WriteBackToTheFuture (and also to prevent people who deliver said message from snooping), and since she can predict ''everything'', this includes knowing when Anathema will read a specific prophecy -- so it always fits.
* DecoyProtagonist: [[spoiler: Aziraphale and Crowley. For all of their efforts, and despite them prominently appearing in the plot, Armageddon ultimately is stopped by [[HumansAreSpecial Anathema, Newt and Them]]]].
* DelusionsOfEloquence: The Three have big ideas, but are frequently undone by their own misspellings.
* DemonicPossession: Well, Angelic Possession, when [[spoiler: Aziraphale temporarily possesses several people after his body gets destroyed, settling on Madame Tracy]]. But it helps demonstrate how angels and demons are NotSoDifferent.
* DesignatedGirlFight: An unusual version of one, with violent little tomboy Pepper being paired up with War when the Them confront the Horsemen.
* DeterminedDefeatist: At one point, when things are at their bleakest, Crowley thinks he might as well drink himself senseless while he waits for the world to end. Instead, he drives at top speed to Tadfield to prevent the Apocalypse. In a burning car. That he's holding together through sheer HeroicResolve.
* DevilInDisguise: Crowley. He's Hell's field-agent, posing as a ''bon viveur'' named Anthony J. Crowley.
* DiggingToChina (or from Tibet): Adam's belief that such a thing is possible combined with his immense reality-altering abilities causes Tibetans to start popping up out of holes in the ground all over the place.
* DivinelyAppearingDemons: Crowley notes that there's "not that much difference" in appearance between angels and demons, except [[EvilIsSexy the demons are better groomed]]. One of the running themes of the book is that angels and demons are not so different.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The Young family's telephone number: Tadfield six double-six.
* ADogNamedDog: Dog, a hellhound who goes from a massive terrifying beast to a miniature mutt with a funny ear as Adam describes him.
* DontExplainTheJoke: Played with. Footnotes were added to the American version to explain some of the jokes that depend on knowing British geography and such. Except they tend to boil down to "If you were British, you'd be laughing." Some of them contain their own little joke to compensate. For example, after the lengthy explanation of the old British system of currency, it quips how the Brits spent a long time avoiding the decimal system "because they thought it was too complicated".
* DoomItYourself: Newt takes this to the level of a superpower. He once got a joke circuit board that isn't supposed to do anything, and ended up building a wireless radio that picked up Radio Moscow. Winds up as a [[spoiler:BrickJoke when he "fixes" the launch computers, causing them to fail in spectacular fashion.]]
* DramaticWind: The wind suddenly blows around [[spoiler:Adam when his powers begin to manifest.]]
* DreamingOfTimesGoneBy: Shadwell has a dream in which he witnesses the death of Agnes Nutter. [[spoiler:She knew he would; her direct address to him was mistaken by her contemporary onlookers for speaking blasphemy in the direction of Heaven.]]
* DreamTeam: Creator/TerryPratchett and Creator/NeilGaiman working together. Of course, this was before either of them was particularly well-known.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Crowley is something of a speed demon.
* EagleLand: Mostly the negative variety; the Americans encountered are TriggerHappy, absent parents, image-obsessed, fundamentalists, racist, and homophobic. Not that the English get off any better.
* EarthIsYoung: The Earth has only been around for 6,000 years and all the 'old' stuff in the ground is God's decoration. Or [[{{Troll}} personal amusement]]; consider the dinosaur skeletons.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Anathema. She is a witch.
* ElvisLives: A RunningGag. (For the record, he unwittingly works for Famine at a burger joint.)
-->'''Death:''' [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: I don't care what it says, I never laid a finger on him. ]]

* EmbarrassingFirstName[=/=]EmbarrassingMiddleName: Pepper's real name is [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Pippin Galadriel]] [[Literature/TheNeverendingStory Moonchild]]. It's also her BerserkButton.
-->"There are only two ways a child can go with a name like Pippin Galadriel Moonchild, and Pepper had chosen the other one."
* TheEmpath: Aziraphale when they're trying to find the Antichrist is puzzled when he doesn't [[DetectEvil detect any evil]] in the area, but rather [[ThePowerOfLove love.]]
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: The underlying premise of the book is that everyone is getting ready to throw down for Armageddon, which Adam is supposed to kick off.
* EnergyBeings: [[spoiler:[[UnusualUserInterface Beings of angelic stock can travel through the phone lines.]]]]
* EroticEating: War in the bar when "on holiday."
--> Red unconcernedly withdrew the maraschino cherry from her drink, put it to her scarlet lips, and sucked it slowly off its stick in a way that made several men in the room break into a cold sweat.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** Crowley, having already crossed the demonic MoralEventHorizon by [[spoiler: using holy water on Ligur]], considers [[spoiler: putting the tape in which Hastur is trapped into his car until it turns into a Queen album]], then decides it would be too cruel.
** It's a recurring theme in the book that humans on their own are capable of far greater evil (and good) than demons (or angels) could ever imagine. Or, in Crowley's case, stomach.
* EvilAlbino: Pollution is albino and is evil.
* EvilCounterpart:
** Inverted. [[spoiler:The Them]] are the good counterparts to [[spoiler:the Four Horsepersons.]]
** Crowley and Aziraphale. [[NotSoDifferent Given a rather unambitious definition of "evil."]]
** Beelzebub and the Metatron even ''look'' virtually identical, only differing by the color of their flames.
* EvilIsPetty: Crowley's Modus Operandi is generating vast amounts of low-level evil (telemarketers, phone system failures, the M25, and such) as the knock-on effects are potentially vast, and furthermore, the people themselves ''keep it going,'' as opposed to more old-school demons who work on corrupting people on an individual basis.
* EvilIsSterile: It's spelled out that demons aren't very imaginative, which is why humans are actually better at being evil. Of course, because they come from the same stock, angels aren't any better.
* EvilRedhead: A woman first introduced as [[MeaningfulName Scarlett]] and later Carmine "Red" Zuigiber is a FieryRedhead who deals in weapons and seems to cause violence through her mere presence. She's eventually revealed to be the AnthropomorphicPersonification of War.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: In-universe subversion in the form of CHOW™, SNACKS™ and MEALS™ which thanks to cutting edge food-science technology contain nothing of any nutritional value whatsoever. The latter is a true work of art in that if you eat it in any significant amount, it will cause you to both become morbidly obese ''and'' die of malnutrition, which their inventor (Raven Sable, also known as [[spoiler: Famine]]) finds deeply amusing.
* FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon: Subverted with [[spoiler:Adam, who is handsome and blond and doesn't turn out nearly as evil as everybody's expecting. It's pointed out that his Father was born an angel and that falling into the Pit isn't actually a heritable genetic trait.]]
* FallenAngel: All the demons of hell are fallen angels. So is Crowley, though he "did not so much Fall as Saunter Vaguely Downwards".
* FelonyMisdemeanor:
** Crowley's reaction to his immediate superiors being rather underwhelmed by his demonic influences (i.e. traffic jams, telemarketers, the M25) on the mortal world.
** Hastur and Ligur look down on Crowley's tying up London's phone system for an hour at lunchtime (tarnishing thousands of souls in a domino effect of people being in bad moods across the city) in favor of their more artful craft of spending a lifetime trying to corrupt a single pious individual.
* FictionalColour: There was a mention of infra-black, that was the color that flashes before your eyes when you've just run into a wall head-first, right before you die.
* FieryRedhead:
** War, who can [[HeroesWantRedheads make men fight over her]]. To be more exact, fight ''through'' her, they were going to execute her for disrupting a four-way battle. [[spoiler:[[LudicrousGibs Well, you get the idea]].]]
** Pepper, who can and will beat up anybody who annoys her; she got her nickname on the first day of school after simultaneously beating up three boys who laughed at her real name. The narration notes that with a name like "Pippin Galadriel Moonchild", it was really her only choice other than giving in and becoming hopelessly soppy.
* FlamingSword: The angels have these. Except for Aziraphale, who "misplaced" his [[spoiler:by giving it to Adam and Eve so they'd have a way to keep warm in the rain]].
* FlockOfWolves:
-->"The park was deserted except for a member of [=MI9=] trying to recruit someone who, to their later mutual embarrassment, would turn out to be also a member of [=MI9=]."
* {{Foil}}: Crowley and Aziraphale, Shadwell and Tracey, Newton and Anathema, etc. See GeodesicCast, below.
* FootnoteFever: For backstory, digressions, gags, set-ups for [[BrickJoke Brick Jokes]]...
* ForgottenTrope: Newt's wretched Wasabi automobile is a borderline example of the forgotten "Japanese Technology is Shoddy" trope, which had already pretty much died out when the book was written. The evolution of the trope is lampshaded: the narration points out that if the Japanese used to be "fiendish automatons who copied everything from the West", and had now become "skilled and cunning engineers who would leave the West standing", there must have been a period of transition during which they were creating "innovative disasters the avoidance of which had made firms like Honda and Toyota what they are today" -- and it was during that period of transition that the Wasabi was designed.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Adam is Sanguine, Pepper is Choleric, Wensleydale is Melancholic, and Brian is Phlegmatic.
* FrenchCuisineIsHaughty: Sable's attempt to create a fast-non-food market in France is foiled by his agents being shot less than half an hour after they'd landed.
* FriendlyEnemy: See the OddCouple entry.
* FriendToAllLivingThings:
** Parodied by Crowley, who talks to his plants to encourage their growth. Topics include disappointment in growth rates and what happened to the last plant that didn't bloom. His plants are very tall, very green, and very frightened.
** Aziraphale exhibits this trope in several instances where Crowley is about to get someone killed. Having tried and failed to replace clowns as the entertainment at a child's birthday party by way of his old training as a stage magician, ends up suffocating a dove by leaving it tucked in his sleeve for too long. He seems much less bothered by that than by the fact that the hellhound he and Crowley are watching for hasn't shown up, and Crowley's the one who carefully resurrects the bird and sends it on its way.
** At one point, St. Francis disguises himself as a gardener and plays the Friend To All Living Things trope literally and explicitly for the benefit of an impressionable child. It doesn't exactly work.
* FromTheMouthsOfBabes: [[spoiler:Metatron and Beelzebub are both dissuaded from carrying out Armageddon (with the argument that it'd just start the cycle over and ruin a fun experience for everyone) by 11-year-old Adam Young, AKA the Antichrist]].
* FunctionalMagic: For angels and demons. And maybe for certain humans, like Agnes Nutter.
* TheFundamentalist:
** Sergeant Shadwell, almost-but-not-quite played for laughs.
** Marvin O. Bagman, the smarmy televangelist, really thinks he's doing what the Lord wants him to do. One of the taglines on his show is "Putting the Fun in fundamentalist".
* FunetikAksent: Parodied with Shadwell, whose accent is described as a random, shifting mixture of accents from all over Britain. Likely meant to be a TakeThat to American portrayals of British accents that unwittingly mix regional dialects, or maybe in fact a direct tribute to a single famous British television character -- Alf Garnett, played by actor Warren Mitchell in the sitcoms ''Till Death Do Us Part'' and ''In Sickness and In Health''. Anyone familiar with the character's physical description, "roaming accent", and personality (he is a comical bigot) will recognize him instantly if they were born and raised in England in the 1970s or 1980s. (However, Alf's accent was fairly firmly in Sarf London, the one area Shadwell never goes near. Make of that what you will.)
* FunnyForeigner[=/=]EagleLand: [[spoiler:Sister Mary mistakes Mr. Young for the American diplomat.]] HilarityEnsues.
* GaiasVengeance: The sickly potted trees in a South American shopping mall have a sudden rush of energy and tear the place to bits.
* GambitRoulette: [[spoiler:At the end of the book, Aziraphale notes that the near-miss Armageddon may have been exactly what God intended. The two sides actually go home to consult higher management when he brings it up to them. Everything may be to plan, but it is the ''ineffable'' plan after all...]]
--> "It can't be [[XanatosSpeedChess chess]] -- it must just be [[GambitRoulette very complicated solitaire.]]"
* GeodesicCast: See {{Foil}}, above. Also, each of [[spoiler:the Them]] corresponds to one of the [[spoiler:the Horsepersons of the Apocalypse. Adam is Death, Pepper is War, Brian is Pollution, and Wensleydale is Famine.]]
* TheGhost: Neither God nor [[spoiler:Satan]] ever actually appears. [[spoiler:The most we get is Metatron and Beelzebub, who claim to speak for God and Satan, respectively, but it's heavily implied that Metatron is misinformed, and it's also possible that Beelzebub is lying. Crowley and Aziraphale speculate at the end of the novel that the events may have actually gone exactly according to God's plan, but there's never any definitive proof.]]
* GiftedlyBad: Newton with electronics. To such an extent that, when he's struggling to prevent Armageddon, [[spoiler:the solution is "try to make this computer work better"]].
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: Madame Tracy's old-fashioned sensibilities about what men consider attractive leads her to keep a collection of threadbare stuffed animals in her bedroom.
* GlamourFailure:
** After War, Famine and Pollution return to Tadfield Army Base after being "wrapped around the world", their human bodies don't exactly... fit right.
** Also, the automated security system raises the alarm when they enter an off-limits section. Granted, that doesn't achieve anything but annoy the soldiers because of humanity's inherent WeirdnessCensor (none of the humans can see the four), but it's still interesting.
** Crowley has a tendency to ''hiss'' when he forgets himself.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Death/Azrael. Crowley, as well, when he's straining himself.
* {{God}}: Does not actually appear at any point, but is mentioned frequently and is implied to have a hand in manipulating the events towards the end result that occurred rather than what either side actually wanted.
* GodAndSatanAreBothJerks: Or if not God, at least the angelic establishment, who are stuffy, prudish, and generally un-fun. God Himself? He's reclusive and no one has any idea what He's doing.
* GoingNative: Aziraphale and Crowley, who have more in common with humanity and each other than they do with Heaven or Hell. Specifically discussed in Crowley's case by Hastur and Ligur.
* GoKartingWithBowser: The relationship between Aziraphale and Crowley started out like this and only got closer. By the time the story gets underway they've been actively defying both Heaven and Hell for years, and only participating in the angel/demon feud to keep up appearances. The reason given for their "Arrangement" is that they realised "they have more in common with their immediate opponents than their remote allies" and a certain acceptance of the inevitable, rather than ideological slippage. Aziraphale honestly believes in his cause and Crowley enjoys his work, but neither sees what they do as particularly important in determining the contest between Good and Evil.
* GoodIsBoring: It's explained that Heaven doesn't have any good, notable musicians or actors. The two musical exceptions that Crowley says Heaven possesses are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Elgar Elgar]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Liszt Liszt]]. It's implied to be very terrible. Crowley emphasises some of the horror underlying Heaven's tedium when he tells Aziraphale that if Heaven wins Armageddon, in the time it takes for a bird to fly from one end of the universe to the other and wear down a mountain by sharpening its beak against it, Aziraphale ''still'' won't have finished watching ''The Sound of Music.'' And Aziraphale will enjoy it. ''Every single time.'' [[NotSoDifferent Note that this is a parody of the traditional hellfire sermon, where the bird flying across the universe is used to suggest how long the torments of the damned will go on.]]
* GoodIsNotDumb: Aziraphale. Members of TheMafia [[ShameIfSomethingHappened that threaten his bookstore]] [[MuggingTheMonster tend to leave and never come back]]. As the narration says, "Just because you're an angel doesn't mean you have to be a fool."
* GoodWingsEvilWings:
** Downplayed; there is little difference between the wings of angels and demons ([[EvilIsSexy though the wings of demons tend to be better groomed]]).
** Azrael's wings are called "angel's wings" while also being described as black holes into space with visible stars - there's no way they could have feathers. Perhaps because he's the Angel of Death, and his wings are thereby "angelic" no matter what their style, or maybe the voids in reality are feathery-wing-shaped.
* GranolaGirl: Anathema Device is something like this, though she's also portrayed as being a lot more practical and pragmatic than is the norm for the character type.
* GratuitousJapanese: The story refers to the Japanese city of Nigirizushi ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sushi#Nigirizushi "hand-formed sushi"]]), a Japanese whaling ship named the ''Kappamaki'' ("cucumber roll"), and [[TheAllegedCar an alleged car model]] named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wasabi Wasabi]].
* TheGrimReaper: Similar to but a lot less interested in humanity than the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' version. (Almost nothing like the ''[[ComicBook/TheSandman Sandman]]'' version, for the record, except for the wings.)
* GroundedForever: Adam discusses his grounding with the Them:
--> "When do you think they'll let you out, then?" asked Pepper.\\
"Not for years and years. Years and years and years. I'll be an old man by the time they let me out," said Adam.\\
"How about tomorrow?" asked Wensleydale.\\
Adam brightened. "Oh, tomorrow will be all right," he pronounced. "They'll have forgotten about it by then."
* GuardianEntity: The hellhound is sent to be one to the Antichrist, who complicates its mission by unwittingly turning it into a normal little dog.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Adam, the anti-Antichrist. Aziraphale counts in most fanart depictions, although he struggles with ToBeLawfulOrGood and [[GoodIsNotNice often gets stroppy]].
* HappilyAdopted: [[spoiler:All three of the babies involved in the birth switching.]]
* HaveAGayOldTime:
** Non-sexual example in ''The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter'' (the word 'nice' didn't settle on its modern implication until the 19th century). Probably influenced by the story of Alice Nutter and the Device family of Pendle, Lancs., being recorded in a 1612 book called ''The Wonderful Discovery of Witches in Lancashire'' -- wonderful at the time meaning simply 'amazing'.)
** Also happens when Anathema and Newt are trying to [[spoiler:get inside the airforce base]]. The American guard is very impressed with Newt's fancy Witchfinder credentials, but is skeptical of the part "...about us got to give you faggots?" Although he is excited when he finds out that they wanted the faggots to burn them.
* HellishPupils: Crowley has a quite literal case of these.
* HellOfAHeaven: Crowley hints that Heaven's a boring place with few composers, theaters, and films.
-->"Listen, the point is that when the bird has worn the mountain down to nothing, right then...''then you still wouldn't have finished watching The Sound of Music''. And you'll ''enjoy'' it."
-->"The boredom you got in Heaven was nearly as bad as the excitement you got in Hell."
* HeroicFireRescue: Crowley runs into a burning bookshop to rescue (or at least find) Aziraphale, but ends up rescuing the only copy available to Crowley and Aziraphale of ''The Nice And Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch''.
* HeroicResolve: Crowley holds his burning car together through '''[[{{Determinator}} sheer force of will]]'''.
* HerosClassicCar: Crowley owns a vintage 1926 Bentley which is his pride and joy.
* HistoricalRapSheet: Crowley actually ''was'' responsible for the original Temptation in the Garden of Eden, but a RunningGag has him receiving the congratulations of Hell whenever they notice something like the Spanish Inquisition has popped up in the human world. They inevitably leap to the conclusion that Crowley was responsible for getting it started. He frequently protests to Aziraphale that he had nothing to do with it whatsoever: the human race thought of new ideas to be beastly to each other ''all on their own''.
* HoldYourHippogriffs: "Crowley blessed under his breath." (Because, being a demon, cursing under his breath wouldn't be appropriately transgressive.)
* HolyHandGrenade: Aziraphale cites the Biblical instances of cities being destroyed by fire from Heaven as a reminder that GoodIsNotNice. "Ever been to Gomorrah? ...I meant afterwards."
* HorsemenOfTheApocalypse: The four former Horsemen -- er, Horsepeople of the Apocalypse have kept up with the times, and are thus now ''literal'' Hell's Angels on motorcycles.
* HumanityIsInfectious:
** Crowley and Aziraphale are both changed somewhat by their time on Earth. Crowley's fellow demon Hastur notes this and claims that Crowley is going native. Though even Hastur isn't all that different -- when he really wants to let Crowley know just how pissed off he is, he uses ''human'' curses since he thinks demonic ones aren't volatile enough.
** Dog discovers, to his initial horror, that Small-Dog-anity is infectious too.
* HumanoidAbomination: The Horsemen approach this as Armageddon draws near. Their human forms are described as "ill-fitting" and their human-like personalities start to fade as their basic programming as bringers of destruction becomes dominant. [[spoiler:Something similar nearly happens to Adam.]] Only Death is unaffected -- Death never really changes, after all.
* HumansAreBastards[=/=]HumansAreSpecial: Crowley is both confused and amazed at how humans are so much better at both ''Aziraphale's'' and his own job. It's that free will thing. It's a bugger. When Crowley read the user-end agreement that came with his computer, he was so impressed with the way it was worded that he sent a copy of it to the department of Hell that deals with soul-selling contracts, with a yellow sticky-note on it reading, "Learn, guys."
* HumansAreFlawed: "It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people."
* HypocriticalHumor: Crowley hates talking to his superiors, since they threaten him the same way he threatens his houseplants.
* IGaveMyWord: Crowley is a demon of his word.
* IHaveManyNames:
** Horsemen/Horsepersons/[[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Bikers of the Apocalypse]].
** The Antichrist is also known as the Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan, and Lord of Darkness. See TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard.
* IJustWantToBeNormal:
** [[spoiler:Adam]] just wants to be a normal person.
** [[spoiler:Newton Pulsifier]] may also qualify. [[spoiler:Convincing Anathema not to use the followup book also keeps ''him'' from using it.]]
* ImprovisedWeapon:
** A tire iron is used as one.
** This happens when [[spoiler:the Them]] face off against the Four Horsemen.
---> It wasn't much of a sword, but it was about the best you could do with two bits of wood and a piece of string.
* IncendiaryExponent: Early in Crowley's journey to the site of Armageddon, his Bentley is set on fire when he is forced to drive it through a barrier created by malicious magic. By the time he arrives at his destination, he's holding the flaming wreckage of the car together by sheer force of will.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Understandably, Crowley takes a look at what people are doing in the Inquisition and promptly has this reaction.
* InstantSobriety: Aziraphale and Crowley can simply ''decide'' to be sober.
* InsultBackfire:
-->'''R. P. Tyler:''' Young man, how would you feel if I came over to your house and dropped litter everywhere?\\
'''Pollution:''' Very, very pleased. Oh, that would be ''wonderful.''
* InTheBlood: Aziraphale argues this in regarding the Antichrist, but Crowley argues that he has just as much chance of being on the side of good, because [[LamarckWasRight Lamarck wasn't right]] [[spoiler: but Crowley is.]]
* InventorOfTheMundane: Anathema wrote her Ph.D. thesis on people who invented things that, once they were invented, became so ubiquitous no one remembered they ever needed inventing. Highlights include Humphrey Gadget, Cyrus T. Doodad ("America's foremost black inventor") and her own ancestor, Sir Joshua Device.
* InsistentTerminology: Inverted, Anathema explains several times (and it's implied she's annoyed by how often she has to) that the "nice" in the prophecy book's title means "precise".
* IronicName: Pippin Galadriel Moonchild goes by Pepper, as she is a short, scruffy tomboy with a temper.
* ItWasADarkAndStormyNight:
** [[SubvertedTrope Noted as untrue]] when Crowley goes to meet Hastur and Ligur. Like so:
--->It wasn't a dark and stormy night. It should have been, but there's the weather for you. For every mad scientist who's had a convenient thunderstorm just on the night his Great Work is complete and lying on the slab, there have been dozens who've sat around aimlessly under the peaceful stars while [[TheIgor Igor]] clocks up the overtime.
** Played with in the prologue. After Adam and Eve are kicked out of Eden -- which up to then had had only nice, sunny days -- mean-looking clouds and lightning are described as coming over the horizon, ending, "It was going to be a dark and stormy night."
* JapaneseRanguage:
** The fish boat captain speaks this way.
** Newt's Wasabi has a recorded voice that plays to remind riders to fasten unfastened seatbelts (which never goes off, because [[TheAllegedCar hey, it's Newt's Wasabi]]). The Wasabi's voice is described as being programmed by someone who not only didn't understand English, but didn't understand Japanese, either. At one point the voice is described as saying "Prease to frasten sleat-bert". Inverted at the end, [[spoiler:when Adam restores the Wasabi so it runs better than ever. The helpful voice now speaks in clear English, but in haikus.]]
* JesusTaboo: The book plays with every single Evangelical Christian trope and belief about the End of Days, with the notable exception that UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} never makes an appearance (despite Literature/TheBookOfRevelation being all about his SecondComing!) [[DevilButNoGod Even Lucifer and Beelzebub appear in person]], but no sign of Christ. Perhaps Gaiman and Pratchett didn't want to push their luck poking fun of Christianity ''that'' far. Or perhaps "the Metatron" is He in another guise. Or maybe [[spoiler: since the Apocalypse was averted, He didn't need to show up after all]].[[note]] The Rosicrucian school of Christian mysticism, however, enshrines an older school of thought: that the energy known as the Metatron is the "bridge" between the human and the divine, God made flesh and directly experiencing what it is to be human. An opinion in theology holds that while the Second Person of God nipped out of the office to spend thirty-three years on Earth, the Metatron was the incarnation of the divinity that Jesus largely left behind in Heaven whilst incarnating as human - effectively keeping the throne warm. The concepts of Metatron and Jesus Christ are very closely linked and can be seen as overlapping a lot.[[/note]]. He does warrant some mention, though -- when the Hell's Angels realize who the other bikers in the bar [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse really are]], one exclaims, "Jesus Christ!" and another speculates that He's probably looking for someplace to park His bike.
* JustFollowingOrders:
** Aziraphale and Crowley discuss [[NotSoDifferent their bad feelings]] about the coming [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt end of the world]]:
--->"It's not that I disagree with you," said the angel, as they plodded across the grass. "It's just that I'm not allowed to disobey. You know that."\\
"Me too," said Crowley.\\
Aziraphale gave him a sidelong glance. "Oh, come now," he said, "you're a demon, after all."\\
"Yeah. But my people are only in favour of disobedience in general terms. It's ''specific'' disobedience they come down on heavily."\\
"Such as disobedience to themselves?"\\
"You've got it. You'd be amazed. Or perhaps you wouldn't be."
** Three hours of [[DrowningMySorrows drowning their sorrows]] later, Aziraphale puts it slightly more [[InVinoVeritas bluntly]], if less coherently:
--->"All right. All right. I don't like it any more than you, but I told you. I can't disod--disoy-- not do what I'm told. 'M'a'nangel."
** Ironically, near the end of the book it's ''Aziraphale'' who points out, while trying to convince Crowley not to leave the mortals to confront Satan alone, "Lots of people in history have only done their jobs, and look at the trouble ''they'' caused."
* TheKidWithTheLeash: Adam, the young Antichrist, has a pet hellhound. It started off fitting that description until it got its name: Dog. Its name changes its nature and it was expecting a name like Terror or Stalks-By-Night - but since it's bound utterly to its master's will it got stuck with being a dog. Complete with cat-chasing, tail-wagging, stick-chewing, face-licking, a funny crooked ear, a lack of size and general small-dogosity. But the hellhound part ''is'' still there deep down if you happen to upset its master.
%%* KnightInSourArmor: Aziraphale and Crowley.
* KnightTemplar:
** Played with for the Witch Finder Army, generally for laughs.
** Played horrifyingly straight for [[spoiler:the forces of Heaven and Hell]].
* LamarckWasRight: Inverted in one conversation between Aziraphale and Crowley.
-->'''Crowley''': Saying [the Antichrist will] grow up to be a demon just because his dad ''became'' one is like saying a mouse with its tail cut off will give birth to tailless mice.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Adam does this to the mortals present at the almost apocalypse. Azrael (or God) does this to Aziraphale and Crowley when they begin to guess at the true nature of the Universe.]] "What were we talking about?"
* LaserGuidedKarma: During Crowley's efforts to avert the apocalypse, the biggest obstacle he faces and the one that gives him most trouble is [[spoiler:the supercharged demonic M25]] -- which he created himself as one of his efforts to turn mankind toward Hell.
* LastNameBasis: Shadwell and Wensleydale are always referred to as such, which are their last names. The same goes for A[[spoiler:nthony]] J. Crowley. (Technically, that's not his real name, anyway.)
%%* LeanAndMean: Sable/Famine.
* TheLegionsOfHell: When they arrive for Armageddon, it's noted that the commanders of TheArmiesOfHeaven and the Legions of Hell look remarkably similar, all part of the book's theme that neither side is all that different from the other.
* LetsGetDangerous: Aziraphale spends most of the book as slightly ineffectual comic relief, but near the end of the book he takes up his old FlamingSword to protect humanity against the forces attempting to end the world.
-->"Once you learn, you never really forget how."
* LineOfSightName: Due to Witchfinder Sergeant Shadwell's shady book-keeping and limited imagination, the suspiciously small organization that is the Witchfinder's Army is made up of the likes of Witchfinder Majors Milk, Tin, Cupboard, and Saucepan.
* LongTitle: The full title of the book, as shown on the cover is ''Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch''. The version printed above the Dramatis Personae is even longer, in keeping with common eighteenth- and nineteenth-century practice for book titles:
A Narrative of Certain Events occurring in the last eleven years of human history, in strict accordance as shall be shewn with:\\
The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter\\
Compiled and edited, with Footnotes of an Educational Nature, and Precepts for the Wise, by Creator/NeilGaiman and Creator/TerryPratchett.
* LordErrorProne: Witchfinder Sergeant Shadwell is fanatically devoted to the quest against Evil but has never actually encountered a real witch or demon and isn't very effective when he finally does.
* LostInTranslation: Some American paperbacks had misprints due to someone at the publisher's not realizing there is an English city named Hull and therefore renaming it "Hell". Also, the British AA (Automobile Association) became the AAA, an American insurance company. As reprinted, these sort of made sense in context, but only to an American audience.
* LouisCypher: Ubiquitous, especially among the Horsepersons.
%%* LovableRogue: Crowley.
%%* LovableTraitor: Crowley.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: Crowley scares off the paintballing commando by turning into something ''dreadful''...
-->"I think the maggots were a bit over the top, myself."
* MacGuffinSuperPerson: Warlock, the child Antichrist, falls into this, being contended for by both Aziraphale and Crowley. [[spoiler: Except not, as due to a mix-up at birth the ''actual'' potential Antichrist is growing up elsewhere with another family]].
* MagiciansAreWizards: Defied. Aziraphale refuses to use his actual powers during his magic act, because it would be cheating.
* MaleGaze: War's legs get mentioned significantly more times than anyone else's, and with complimentary adjectives attached.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste:
** Dr. Raven Sable, one of the Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse, has found a way to get people to ''pay'' him to afflict them. He's a wealthy jetsetter who wears tailored suits and offers literary quotations at appropriate moments.
** Crowley tries to be, but doesn't always get it quite right (which suits the fact that he tries to be evil but doesn't always get it quite right). For instance, he drives a vintage Bentley -- with fake bullethole stickers on the windscreen that he got from a Film/JamesBond promotional giveaway.
* MeaningfulName:
** Crowley, a reference to occultist Creator/AleisterCrowley. It also references his original role as the serpent ("Crawly") that tempted Adam and Eve.
** Attempted with the Antichrist. The Satanist nuns keep trying to get his mother to name him something evil-sounding and eventually end up with Warlock. [[spoiler: But subverted, as Warlock is the wrong baby--he turns out a spoiled brat but otherwise normal. The real Antichrist is named ''Adam'', after the first human, and eventually chooses humanity over Hell.]]
%%* MedievalMorons
* MindOverMatter: Aziraphale levitates a scooter.
* MistakenForGay: Aziraphale, being referred to as a faggot and a poofter on several occasions. Also, Aziraphale and Crowley were mistaken for a couple by Anathema Device. Shadwell privately refers to Aziraphale as "the southron pansy". It doesn't help that Aziraphale calls Crowley "dear", "my dear", and "dear boy" on a regular basis, whereas Crowley sometimes refers to him as "angel" -- literally true, but with [[HoYay certain implications]]. One of the three first impressions of Aziraphale is "gayer than a tree full of monkeys on nitrous oxide." It's wrong, because angels don't have sex, sexes or sexual orientations, but the implication remains.
* MoreThanMindControl: Crowley uses this as part of his way of getting more souls to Hell. He doesn't lead people into ''evil'', he leads them into ''temptation'' by looking into their soul and giving them what they really, truly want. Is it really his fault people want such horrible things so often?
* MotorMouth: The Chattering Order of Saint Beryl is an entire [[spoiler:satanic]] convent of motormouth nuns.
%%* MultitaskedConversation
* MundaneUtility: The divine / infernal powers are nice for miracling up vintage wines into existence and keeping your car dent-free.
%%* MurderIsTheBestSolution
* MustacheVandalism: It's mentioned that one of the late Witchfinders used to draw mustaches and spectacles on all the witches and demons in the Witchfinder Army's collection of demonological texts.
* MyHorseIsAMotorbike: The Horsepersons of the Apocalypse replaced their horses with motorcycles.
%%* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling[=/=]SpiderSense
%%* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch
* AMythologyIsTrue: In this case, the entire Bible - completely and literally, apart from the prophetic books, which are only vaguely accurate.
* NamesakeGag: Anathema Device is descended from the man who invented the device. When Newt doubts this, she says sarcastically that next he'll claim he's never heard of Humphrey Gadget, Pieter Gizmo, Cyrus T. Doodad, or Ella Reader Widget. (Device really is a Lancashire name (see below) but seems to be properly pronounced 'DEH-viss', so probably just a regional version of Davis. However, pronunciations of English names can change as families move around the country...)
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast:
** Parodied and invoked. Sister Mary tries and fails to convince the adoptive father to name the [[spoiler:misplaced]] Antichrist Wormwood, Damien, Errol, Cary, Saul, Cain, and a large number of demons and Hollywood villains, before settling on... [[spoiler:Adam]]. A more persuasive nun convinces the ambassador to name the [[spoiler:wrong]] Antichrist "Warlock".
** Prior to getting his actual name, [[spoiler: Adam]] is referred to as ''Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan, and Lord of Darkness.'' [[RunningGag Every time.]]
** There's also Dagon and Beelzebub ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Lord of the Flies]]), whom Crowley contacts when he needs to talk to his supervisors.
** Subverted with the Hell's Angels. After joining the Horsepersons, they attempt to give themselves proper apocalyptic names. This quickly degenerates into a laundry list of petty annoyances.
** Both 'Nutter' and 'Device' are names of real families who were persecuted under the early 17th century witch hunts (though their situation seems rather different to the one described in the book). The case of the [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-14490790 Device family]] is particularly tragic and disturbing (though Anathema's existence suggests that little Jennet must have had children of her own in this 'verse...) Alice Nutter, a yeoman's daughter caught up in the same place, was probably guilty simply of being Catholic; their story is told in a book called "The Wonderful Discovery of Witches in Lancashire".
* NationalStereotypes: Pretty much everyone of every country is depicted with hilariously overblown stereotypes, even (or possibly ''especially'') the British.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain:
** A minor example. Hastur escapes from Crowley's answering machine when a telemarketer calls the number, and proceeds to murder all of the people in the telemarketer's office. This causes a ripple effect of goodwill and contentment in the world because [[TakeThat the telemarketers couldn't ruin anyone else's day]].
** Aziraphale points out that Crowley may have done this (while he may have invoked NiceJobBreakingItHero) when Crowley tricked humanity into learning the difference between good and evil, while Aziraphale gave them fire. Crowley is not amused.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: The book Adam wrote and illustrated:
-->"It was a triffic book. It was nearly eight pages long. It was about this pirate who was a famous detective. [...] If you like I'll let you read it. I bet it was a lot more excitin' than any book you've lost. 'Specially the bit in the spaceship where the dinosaur comes out and fights with the cowboys."
* NobleBigot: Shadwell has a (mildly) derogatory slur for everyone, belittles foreign cultures and religions, and suspects everyone of being a witch or a warlock, yet everyone is charmed by him and he fearlessly prepares to fight Satan when the Apocalypse comes.
* NobleDemon:
** Crowley, although he's fairly conscious of his benevolence. (To the point of being embarrassed. It's a major failing in a demon, after all.)
** Inverted, appropriately, with Aziraphale, who is an angel of horrible character.
* NonverbalMiscommunication: During the baby swap sequence, two conspirators exchange nonverbal signals and each, knowing something the other doesn't, receives a different message from what the other intended to send.
* NoodleIncident: For Adam, anyway.
-->"Well, " said Adam, "We always win, right?"\\
"Nearly always," said Wensleydale.\\
"Nearly always," said Adam, "An' -- "\\
"More than half, anyway," said Pepper. "'Cos, you remember, when there was all that fuss over the ole folks' party in the village hall when we--"\\
"That doesn't count," said Adam. "They got told off just as much as us."
* NotSoDifferent: This is ''very explicitly'' spelled out as the relationship between Heaven and Hell. It's also implied to a rather large extent with their human followers: fundamentalists are implied to have gotten so monomaniacal that they've lost all sense of an ethical code, making them cases at best of BlueAndOrangeMorality; at the other end, the less fanatical Satanists (particularly those who were brought up as such) are explicitly stated to be at worst {{Punch Clock Villain}}s who mouth the rites at mass but live decent lives otherwise. (Crowley also notes that he finds Satanists embarrassing.)
* NumberOfTheBeast: The Young family's telephone number turns out to be "Tadfield six double-six," causing a flustered Aziraphale to respond, "Sorry, right number."
* NunsAreSpooky: Parodied by the Chattering Order of Saint Beryl.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Aziraphale, to GOD, as noted in the three extra verses he inserted into the proofs of the Buggre All This Bible.
-->25 And the Lord spake unto the Angel that guarded the eastern gate, ''saying'' Where is the flaming sword that was given unto thee?\\
26 And the Angel said, I had ''it'' here only a moment ago, I must have put it down some where, forget my own head next.\\
27 And the Lord did not ask him again.
%%* OccultDetective: The modern Witchfinders.
* OddCouple:
** Aziraphale and Crowley, who are nominally on opposite sides but are NotSoDifferent and spend a lot of time [[GoKartingWithBowser hanging out together]].
** [[DatingCatwoman Newt and Anathema.]] But that one makes a certain amount of sense. He was a witchfinder and, well, he found himself a witch.
* OddlySmallOrganization: The Witchfinders are just Shadwell, joined by Newt. Everyone else is long dead, and a good chunk of those "Witchfinders" were mostly interested in claiming the property of those accused.
* OmniscientMoralityLicense: According to the narrative, God has this:
-->God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players,[[note]] i.e., everybody[[/note]] to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won't tell you the rules, and who ''smiles all the time''.
* OneOfTheBoys: Adam's gang consists of three boys and Pepper, who earned her place on the first day of school when she beat all three of them up after they laughed at her real name. They're young enough that romantic considerations aren't an issue yet, although the narration notes that the boys are beginning to be vaguely aware of the possibility.
* OperationGameOfDoom: Crowley [[spoiler: getting out his holy water and placing it in a bucket. One splash on him, even a '''tiny drop''', means it's over]]. Which is how [[spoiler:Hastur figures out the mister Crowley's holding ''isn't'' filled with holy water]].
* OpposedMentors: Sent by Crowley and Aziraphale to young Warlock's home, deliberately done to cancel one another out. [[spoiler:Then they realise he's the wrong kid.]]
* TheOrder: The Witchfinder Army is a centuries-old organisation devoted to fighting Evil, though in the present it's dwindled to Witchfinder Sergeant Shadwell and his apprentice Newt.
* OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous: It is stated that angels and demons are normally sexless, unless they really want not to be. Both otherworldly protagonists take the form of male humans, though.
%%* OurAngelsAreDifferent
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: These demons can shape-shift and usually can be made up of horrible things, like maggots.
* OutOfTheInferno: Crowley rushes into the inferno that was once [[spoiler:Aziraphale's bookshop]] to see if its occupant is okay, and walks out unscathed just after the firemen outside have started saying things like 'Poor guy. Horrible way to die.'
* OverlyLongGag: The Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan, and Lord of Darkness. During the baby shell game, the three participants are designated Baby A, Baby B, and... well, the above, in full. Every single time.
* OverlyLongName:
** [[TheAntiChrist The Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan, and Lord of Darkness.]]
** To a lesser extent, Thou-Shalt-Not-Commit-Adultery Pulsifer, a witchfinder ancestor of Newt's. (Newt's reaction is "I suppose if I went around being called Adultery Pulsifer I'd want to hurt as many people as possible.")
** The Witchfinders seem to have an excess of these, a favorite being Witchfinder-Colonel Ye-Shall-Not-Eat-Any-Living-Thing-With-The-Blood-Neither-Shall-Ye-Use-Enchantment-Nor-Observe-Times Dalrymple.
** [[TruthInTelevision This is likely to be a parody of the names that 17th-century Puritans inflicted on their offspring.]] For instance, the unfortunate [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Barbon Nicholas If-Jesus-Christ-Had-Not-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barbon]], who got the nickname "Damned Barbon" for his studies of economics that held that immoral behavior was good for the economy.
* OverlyLongTongue: Crowley has one, apparently.
* OvertRendezvous: Crowley and Aziraphale meet at the duck pond in St. James's Park, which is said to be ''the'' meeting place for spies. Also, the café at the British Museum, a home-away-from-home for the battle-weary soldiers of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar. Complete with arguments over who gets the receipts.
%%* PairTheSpares
* PaletteSwap: The main difference between Metatron and Beelzebub is that one is made of golden fire, and the other blood-red flames.
* ParodyNames: The Burger Lord franchise has a mascot named [=McLordy=] the Clown.[[note]]Burger Lord is a play on the Burger King fast food chain. [=McLordy=] the Clown is a parody of Ronald [=McDonald=], clown and mascot of the [=McDonald=]'s fast food chain.[[/note]]
* PerplexingPlurals: Shadwell's instructions to Newt are to search for:
--> 1. [[BurnTheWitch Witches.]]\\
2. Unexplainable Phenomenons. Phenomenatrices. Phenomenice. Things, ye ken well what I mean.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: The Antichrist has the potential to be one.
* PettingZooPeople:
** Crowley is the Snake.
** [[CatGirl War is often described as something predatory or cat-like]].
%%* ThePhilosopher: Crowley and Aziraphale.
* PhraseCatcher: Whenever Adam is mentioned to Mr. Young or Mr. Tyler, their reflexive reply is "What's he done ''now''?"
* ThePigPen:
** Brian. His parents do make him wash, but it doesn't really do any good; "there was something basically ''ground in'' about Brian". [[spoiler:Which is part of why he's Pollution's counterpart when the Them go up against the Four Horsepersons]].
** Pollution in his real form.
* PlayingWithFire: Aziraphale makes a traffic ticket spontaneously combust.
* PocketProtector: A yuppie is saved when a bullet hits his wallet and is stopped by his enormous collection of credit cards.
* PokeThePoodle: Crowley, who's considered an incompetent idiot by his fellow demons for choosing to annoy an entire population rather than drive one person to ruin and temptation, such as tying up the phone lines of Britain for an hour at lunchtime or creating the M25, which is a) horribly prone to traffic jams and generally ill-designed and b) the sigil ''odegra'', which churns out a "fog of low-grade evil" when driven on. Subverted by the narration, which backs up Crowley's claim that this a more effective investement of effort for the given corruption. Annoyed people have a tendency towards taking it out on others, and where other demons take years to corrupt a single person, Crowley in an afternoon slightly tarnishes ''thousands'' of souls. He does have respect for the other demons' commitment and skill, but he believes the old ways can't keep up with population increase.
* PoliceCodeForEverything: A naval variation. After trying to find the way to communicate that he's found a sunken city of pyramids, he looks through "international codes" and sends "XXXV QVVX" which means "Have found the lost city of Atlantis. High Priest has just won the Quoits contest."
* PosthumousCharacter: Agnes Nutter, 17th Centuy Wytche.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: What [[spoiler:tilts Adam away from the brink of bringing the apocalypse? The realisation that his friends are scared of him.]]
* PrecisionFStrike: [[spoiler:Aziraphale's "Oh, ''fuck.''" After six thousand years of practiced not-swearing.]]
* ProfaneLastWords: [[spoiler:The angel Aziraphale]] faces bodily disincoporation with a muttered and furious "Oh, ''fuck.''"
* ProperlyParanoid: At one point, it's mentioned that Hastur is paranoid, which is in fact a very reasonable thing since he's grown up in Hell, where everyone really ''is'' out to get you.
* ProphecyTwist: Agnes Nutter's prophecies are always accurate, but it's difficult for her descendants to figure out what they're referring to until the prophecies have already been fulfilled. She might have been wrong on some too, though it's difficult to tell with all the implied maneuvering going on. Hilariously played with for one prophecy, where the descendants wondered what it was about for centuries only for it to be a direct and clear instruction once relevant -- "Do notte buy Betamacks".
* PsychicPowers: Anathema, being a witch and a descendant of Agnes, has a degree of psychic ability, which she regards more as an annoyance than anything.
* PsychoactivePowers: The Antichrist's powers are triggered when he gets upset.
* {{Pun}}: Newt named his lemon of a Wasabi "Dick Turpin" after the famous highwayman... on account of the fact that it holds up traffic wherever it goes.
* PunchClockVillain:
** Crowley, as a demon, sort of. He does seem to take joy in causing misery to people, but not beyond [[PokeThePoodle causing small amounts of annoyance.]] All the truly ''evil'' things he's done were part of the job. It's implied that this is typical of demons, though Hastur and Ligur are notable exceptions.
** Interestingly, his counterpart Aziraphale is a Punch Clock Angel -- not exactly a hero, but has the job of inspiring small amounts of goodness in the same way that Crowley causes small amounts of evil. They even take turns doing each other's jobs once in a while and mostly try to thwart each other on a one-to-one basis so neither side really gets the upper hand. However, though he takes a ''lot'' longer than Crowley to [[HeelRealization realize it]], Aziraphale is actually a Punch Clock Villain as well; [[NotSoDifferent both his and Crowley's jobs require planning to bring about]] TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. [[spoiler:Or at least that's what they think for most of the novel. In the epilogue, he and Crowley both speculate that it's possible that they'd been meant to help ''avert'' the Apocalypse the whole time. It's never proved one way or the other, though - as they conclude (with the assistance of Death, who overhears their conversation whilst discreetly feeding the ducks), the thing about ineffable plans is that they're, well, [[ShapedLikeItself ineffable]]. The narrative quote under ScrewDestiny below - from very early in the novel, mind you - suggests that their conclusions, at least about ineffability, are correct.]]
* QueerPeopleAreFunny: A running gag is that the divine/infernal duo are MistakenForGay.
* RapidFireComedy: Nearly every sentence has something to laugh about.
* ReadTheFinePrint: Crowley is so impressed by humanity's progress that he sends an example of a computer's licence agreement to Hell to show them how it's done.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Nutter and Device are not only authentic Lancashire family names, they are names of two of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pendle_witches Pendle Witches]]. Nutter is an Old English word for "cowherd" and Device (pronounced DEH-viss) is an alternate spelling of Davis.
* RealityWarper: [[spoiler:Adam]], and ''every single supernatural being'', to a greater or lesser extent.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Angels, demons, personifications, and other immortals are older than humanly possible but don't appear to be.
%%* RedEyesTakeWarning: War; Crowley, when he's pissed off.
* RedRightHand: Crowley has snake eyes, a forked tongue, and snake skin boots that may or may not be actual boots.
* ReligiousHorror: Parodied. The early section of the story is a riff on ''Film/TheOmen'', and it's noted that Shadwell learned most of what he knows about demons from movies like ''Film/TheExorcist'' and ''Film/TheDevilRidesOut''.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Averted with Crawly/Crowley, who is portrayed as [[NobleDemon not being all that bad]].
* ResetButton: [[spoiler:In-universe. After Adam decides not to proceed with the Apocalypse, he restores everything that was damaged in the lead-up, including Aziraphale's shop and Crowley's car.]]
* RipVanTinkle: Crowley slept through most of the 13th century; he only woke up to use the bathroom.
* RipVanWinkle: Crowley slept through most of the 13th century.
* RunningGag: There are several. The way every cassette left in a car for too long turns into ''The Best of Music/{{Queen}}'' is particularly prominent.
* SamaritanSyndrome: Aziraphale has this. "Lord, heal this bike." When he and Crowley are at Tadfield Manor looking for the Antichrist's birth records, he points out that he can't refuse to help the police with their inquiries if he should encounter them.
* {{Satan}}: His existence is implied. [[spoiler:Ultimately unseen. He doesn't have the overarching background presence of {{God}}, either.]]
* ShaggyDogStory: Almost all of the protagonists have next to no influence on the conclusion of the plot, spending most of the book trying to catch up to events and never learning the full details even after it's resolved. Adam and his associates are more or less single-handedly responsible for preventing the apocalypse, with help from Newt shorting out the computers at the military base.
* SchmuckBait: Crowley points out that it's hardly fair to wave ForbiddenFruit in someone's face and expect them ''not'' to eat it.
* ScienceIsWrong: ''Good Omens'' fits this pretty nicely (albeit in parody), since within the book the universe really is about 6000 years old (having been created in 4004 BC), Literature/TheBible is literally correct, etc. Scientists aren't exactly portrayed as ''bad,'' just kind of pointless. ("The whole business with the fossilized dinosaur skeletons was a joke the palaeontologists haven't seen yet.")
* ScrewDestiny: The entire book is about breaking away from destiny and people's expectations of you, and finding your own path. At the end, [[spoiler:Newton Pulsifer even convinces Anathema Device not to live her life trying to interpret prophecies left to her by a distant ancestor]]. Also, [[spoiler:the Antichrist averts Armageddon.]] However, [[spoiler:Agnes may have seen it all coming.]] Hilarious that the plot to Screw Destiny is actually orchestrated by God, and everything might have gone just as His [[MagicFranchiseWord ineffable]] plan intended; even the angels and devils really have no idea.
-->''God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of the other players [[note]]i.e. everybody[[/note]], to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won't tell you rules and '''smiles all the time'''.''
* SergeantRock: One of Shadwell's predecessors in the WA was one Company Sergeant Major Narker, considered a god by some African tribes.
--> "Sergeant Narker, whose striding, bellowing, six-foot-six, eighteen-stone figure, clutching an armor-plated Book, eight-pound Bell, and specially-reinforced Candle, could clear the veldt of adversaries faster than a Gatling gun."
* ShameIfSomethingHappened: It's mentioned when describing Aziraphaele's book shop that once or twice people have come in and made pointed remarks about how flammable the place is and what a shame it would be if something happened to it. Aziraphale's response is left unspecified, but it is noted that none of them have ever come back.
* ShortTitleLongElaborateSubtitle: The book's full title is ''Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch''.
* ShoutOut: There are many, many shout-outs, ranging from Creator/EdgarAllanPoe to Film/DirtyHarry.
** One of the Them mistakes Metatron for [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Megatron]] when he introduces himself.
** When the Them are playing Adam does the best [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] impression. Reference is made to the arguments over who gets to wear the coal scuttle and blow up planets.
** Little girl at Warlock's birthday party: "I gotter [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} transformer]] anna [[Franchise/MyLittlePony mylittleponyer]] anna [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} decepticonattacker]] anna [[WesternAnimation/ThunderCats1985 thundertank]] anna..."
** The dedication: "To Creator/GKChesterton: A Man Who Knew What Was Going On".
** Upon seeing the Them ride past on their bikes the airbase guard asks if anyone saw if they were [[Film/ETTheExtraterrestrial carrying an alien in a basket]].
** There's also the [[Series/DoctorWho alien that looked like a pepper pot]], described as ''beeping,'' so... [[Franchise/StarWars it's a bit of a twofer.]]
** At the [[spoiler:last paragraph after Adam manages to avert the apocalypse: [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot]]... No, imagine a sneakerlace trailing, kicking a pebble; imagine a stick, to poke at interesting things, and throw for a dog that may or may not decide to retrieve it; imagine a tuneless whistle, pounding some luckless popular song into insensibility; imagine a figure, half angel, half devil, all human... [[Literature/TheSecondComing slouching hopefully towards Tadfield...]] [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour forever..."]]]]
** Adam's style of speaking is an homage to William Brown in the ''Literature/JustWilliam'' stories, as are the speaking styles of the Them, the little-girl hanger-on, and the Them's mortal foes, the Johnsonites.
** A few shout-outs are made to ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. When discussing the coming apocalypse while drunk, Crowley starts rambling about dolphins.
** Pepper's real name, Pippin Galadriel Moonchild, is a twofer reference to ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory''. ''Moonchild'' may additionally be a reference to a story by Creator/AleisterCrowley - i.e., the namesake of Crowley.
** The names Hastur and Dagon are references to Creator/HPLovecraft. (Neither name was invented by him, but he made them famous).
** Hastur and Ligur were demon-names used by Welsh horror writer Arthur Machen in his dark stories in the early 1900s.
** Crowley says at one point: "You think wars get started because some old duke gets shot, or someone cuts off someone's ear, or someone's sited their missiles in the wrong place." They are references to, respectively, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_War_of_Jenkins%27_Ear The War of Jenkins' Ear]], and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
** Crowley's big inspiring concept of spreading a relatively small amount of mischief as wide as he can, so ''everyone'' gets a splash, is a shout-out to C.S. Lewis's creation, the teaching demon Screwtape, who advocates ''exactly'' this as the human race gets ever-larger whereas there were only the same number of demons to deal with them. A lot of Crowley's modus operandi looks like he's read and learnt from ''The Screwtape Letters''.
** The ''Chattering Order of Saint Beryl'' first appeared as a comedic device in 1960s comedy sketch show ''Series/NotOnlyButAlso''. Peter Cook and Creator/DudleyMoore expanded the sketch into their 1967 movie, ''Film/{{Bedazzled|1967}}''. Only, their Beryllites extoled and praised God while performing acrobatic feats on trampolines, so as to be Nearer, our God, to Thee.
** Indeed, Creator/PeterCook's louche, cool, and trendy indoor-sunglasses-wearing Satan in ''Film/{{Bedazzled|1967}}'' comes over suspiciously like an UrExample of Anthony Crowley and shares many characteristics...
** Anathema's warm woolen cloak and reliable bicycle may be a shout-out to Margaret Rutherford's portrayal of the medium Madame Arcati in the 1945 movie version of ''Theatre/BlitheSpirit''.
** Shakespeare's "lost plays" include a reference to Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Theatre/TheMousetrap'' and another to a series of movie musicals (''Film/GoldDiggersOf1933'', ''[[Film/GoldDiggersOf1935 1935]]'', and ''[[Film/GoldDiggersOf1937 1937]]'').
* ShownTheirWork:
** One would think that Nutter and Device were just comedic last names made up for laughs. Anathema's lecture on the topic certainly plays this aspect up. However, those familiar with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pendle_witches Pendle Witches]] know that they were the last names of some "actual" witches.
** Similarly, the reader might think that the ''Wicked Bible'' – named for a tiny, ''tiny'' proof-reading failure meaning that one of the ten commandments was "thou shalt commit adultery" – was, like the ''Buggre Alle This Bible'', just another joke by the authors. The reader would be wrong. With the exception of the "Charing Cross Bible", the other erratic Bibles listed are all also real.
* SidetrackedByTheAnalogy: Too many examples to list. It seems no one can make an analogy without being derailed by his or her listeners.
* SignsOfTheEndTimes: The typical signs appear, as is to be expected given it's the biblical apocalypse.
* SillyReasonForWar: People tend to come up with these wherever Scarlet goes, even if the most violent thing to happen in that area in the past decade was a drunken bar fight. [[spoiler:Of course, since she's the anthropomorphic personification of War, the real reason the wars break out is because she's there.]]
* SlouchOfVillainy: Played with in regards to [[spoiler:Adam]].
* SmallNameBigEgo: R.P. Tyler believes himself to be the arbiter of right and wrong, and considers it his duty to share his knowledge with the world.
* SmiteMeOMightySmiter: Agnes Nutter appears to heckle God on the pyre. Actually, [[spoiler:she's addressing Shadwell, whom she ''predicted'' would be dreaming about her death in the present-day]]!
* SolitarySorceress: Agnes Nutter apparently lived alone on the outskirts of her village. Her last scion, Anathema Device, also lives alone, in a cottage she rented outside Tadfield.
* SophisticatedAsHell: The Buggre Alle This Bible. (While this might also seem like an anachronism, the [[https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/bugger Oxford English Dictionary]] indicates that the vulgarity "bugger" has been used in British English to refer to the act of sodomy since at least the sixteenth century.)
--> 2. And bye the border of Dan, fromme the east side to the west side, a portion for Aſher.\\
3. And bye the border of Aſher, fromme the east side even untoe the west side, a portion for Naphtali.\\
4. And bye the border of Naphtali, from the east side untoe the west side, a portion for Manaſſeh.\\
5. Buggre Alle this for a Larke. I amme sick to mye Hart of typeſettinge. Master Biltonn iſ no Gentelmann, and Master Scagges noe more than a tighte fisted Southwarke Knobbeſticke. I telle you, onne a daye laike thiſ Ennywone with half an oz. of Sense should bee oute in the Sunneshain, ane nott Stucke here alle the liuelong daie inn thiſ mowldey olde By-Our-Lady Workeſhoppe. @ [=*"Æ@;!*=]\\
6. And bye the border of Ephraim, from the east ſide even untoe the west ſide, a portion for Reuben.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Sister Mary Loquacious, an incompetent cultist and a satanic nun of the Chattering Order of Saint Beryl.
* SpeechImpediment: Crowley tends to [[SssssnakeTalk hiss when agitated]].
* SpiritAdvisor: Aziraphale is stuck like this for a time.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Not in-universe, but a fandom example. A quick glance at the fandom might have one believe that Aziraphale and Crowley are the main, or even the only, two characters, despite the fact that this is very much an ensemble work. Admittedly the angel-demon OddCouple provides a good deal of the philosophical ponderings of the novel, and they pretty much embody the idea of "good" and "evil" being NotSoDifferent, but as for actual effects on the plot, Crowley and Aziraphale are basically running a HardyBoysInvestigation. They put a lot of effort into preventing it, but the net result of their efforts is both jack and squat. Having the entire plot resolved by only the human characters without supernatural help may be the point of the story.
** Not helped at all by the fact that the actual book covers, at least in the U.S., also depict either Aziraphale or Crowley (a slightly amended version of these covers is the page image above; Crowley is the one with the glass of wine over the white background). It seems even the publisher seems to go down the route of presenting them as protagonists - and to be fair, Pratchett and Gaiman also seem to have intended them as {{Decoy Protagonist}}s, so they may be OK with this. Thus far, two of the three casting announcements for Creator/AmazonStudios' TV adaptation that have attracted the most notice have also been Creator/DavidTennant's casting as Crowley and Creator/MichaelSheen's as Aziraphale (the other is Creator/JonHamm's as the archangel Gabriel, an even less prominent character, but given Hamm's popularity, this was probably inevitable).
%%* StandardFiftiesFather: Mr. Young. %%ZCE
* StayingAlive: For angels and demons, though discorporation is rather a pain because it involves going through the red tape of requesting a new body from the management.
* StronglyWordedLetter: Mr. R.P. Tyler of Tadfield, neighbor of Adam Young and the town's resident busybody, responds to everything that annoys him by writing an angry letter to the local newspaper about it. This is also his response to, for instance, the Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse riding through, although even he has trouble drafting an appropriate letter in response to [[spoiler:a man driving a car that's on fire]].
-->Not for R. P. Tyler the soapbox, the polemic verse, the broadsheet. R. P. Tyler's chosen forum was the letter column of the ''Tadfield Advertiser''. If a neighbour's tree was inconsiderate enough to shed leaves into R. P. Tyler's garden, R. P. Tyler would first carefully sweep them all up, place them in boxes, and leave the boxes outside his neighbour's front door, with a stern note. Then he would write a letter to the ''Tadfield Advertiser''. If he sighted teenagers sitting on the village green, their portable cassette players playing, and they were enjoying themselves, he would take it upon himself to point out to them the error of their ways. And after he had fled their jeering, he would write to the ''Tadfield Advertiser'' on the Decline of Morality and the Youth of Today.
* SueDonym: Mr. (Ezra?) Fell, Mr. A. Ziraphale.
* SuperSenses: Crowley can see in the dark, but turns on his headlights at night anyway so as not to upset the other drivers.
* SustainedMisunderstanding: Sister Loquacious is persuaded that she's talking to the American Cultural Attaché, whereas Mr. Young is far too frazzled to notice.
* SweetTooth: Aziraphale has a great liking for sweets.
* SwitchedAtBirth: The main reason why Armageddon fails to go off as planned is that [[spoiler:a satanic nun gave the Antichrist to the wrong family by accident]].
* TakeThat:
** Aziraphale's dismissiveness of televangelism and the Rapture while possessing a televangelist who's on the air. [[IsThisThingStillOn "Gosh, am I on television?"]] It's made clear that this televangelist believes what he says and really does funnel most of his enormous income back into the ministry, doing "what he really thought was the Lord's work". One can only speculate whose cause ''that'' helps.
** A subtle one is possibly made at pop culture. When The Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse gather at the Diner, they are not all immediately present. A tall fellow with an obscured helmet is playing a video trivia game with a bunch of bikers. Said game has four categories: Pop Music, Sports, Current Events, and General Knowledge. War arrives, and "Sport" is replaced with "War". Famine then shows up, prompting the trivia category General Knowledge to be changed to "Famine." When Pollution arrives, Current Events becomes "Pollution," whereas Pop Culture is renamed with the similar-sounding "Pop Trivia 1962-1979". [[GrimReaper The Tall Fellow with the Obscured Helmet]] then refuses to answer the question of what year Elvis Presley died, insisting that he never touched Elvis. The fact that Death was there all along makes one wonder about pop culture.
** Done repeatedly against telemarketers as a RunningGag. In fact, when Hastur escapes from Crowley's answering machine due to a telemarketer calling it, he immediately kills and consumes all the telemarketers in the building. This is noted to cause ''a wave of goodness'' to wash over the surrounding area.
** The RunningGag about every cassette tape of music in a car turning into a Queen compilation is a subtle dig at the quality of music tapes sold at service stations at the time. The only reason one would have for buying most of them was if one couldn't get one's hands on a blank tape. The Queen tape would be the only tape in the service station that didn't utterly suck, so every car of the period tended to have a Queen tape or two in the centre console.
* TakeThatUs: Despite all the jabs against Americans, the British get one when it's pointed out their [=McLordy=] restaurants manage to take every positive aspect of the American version and remove it: taking the "fast" out of "fast food", and the only way to differentiate between the bun and the patty is that there's lettuce between them.
* TakingYouWithMe: Agnes Nutter. (Again.) When the witch hunters come to [[BurnTheWitch burn her at the stake]], Agnes takes the time to [[spoiler: fill her clothing with gunpowder and roofing nails, effectively turning herself into a living pipe-bomb.]]
* TalkingToPlants: Crowley's habit of talking to his houseplants does make them grow better, but that's because he intimidates them with death threats if they don't.
%%* TallDarkAndSnarky: Crowley.
* {{Telepathy}}: "He wanted a real gun." Mind reading also seems part of the angelic/demonic power set.
* TelephoneTeleport: Played with when the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demon]] in question has already entered Crowley's apartment the conventional way, ready to unleash the wrath of Hell on him. Crowley (also a [[{{NobleDemon}} demon]]) tricks him by darting into the phone line himself, prompting Hastur, his assailant, to follow him in a high-speed chase ''[[Awesome/GoodOmens through a phone line]]''. Crowley then turns around at the phone on the other end, races back through the line to his own apartment, and reemerges just in time to hang up the phone, leaving Hastur trapped on ''his own other line's'' ansaphone tape.
%%* TemptingFate: "It's over, don't you think?"
* TermsOfEndangerment: War, at the bar, calls her would-be attackers "chaps". In fact, she calls everybody that. Also, Crowley's habit of calling Aziraphale "angel" seems to have a positive correlation to how much danger they are in. Aziraphale calls Crowley "dear" on a fairly regular basis.
* ThanatosGambit: Agnes Nutter's plan included her own death.
* ThatPoorPlant: Plants, plural, and all of them are Crowley's.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Hastur and Ligur.
* TimeAbyss[=/=]FishOutOfTemporalWater: Aziraphale hasn't updated his wardrobe since the '50s.
* TomesOfProphecyAndFate: Anathema's copy of ''The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter'', which are detailed and always correct and extensively annotated by the various people who have owned the tome.
* TooDumbToLive: If Shadwell doesn't have some higher regional superior doling out the pay for the greater general Witchfinder's Army, he definitely fits under this trope, because the pay scales haven't been revised since the organization was founded (back when having a whole pound to burn was posh money), so he fudges the numbers on his budget with made-up superiors and underlings so that he can make enough to survive on.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Shadwell's cans of condensed milk. He doesn't appear to subsist on anything else.
%%* TheTrickster: Crowley.
* TripleNipple: Shadwell is obsessed with them, since they're one of the signs of a witch. One of Newton's daily duties is to check the PageThreeStunna for it.
* TrueCompanions: Once Crowley rushes into a burning building to save Aziraphale and briefly freaks out when he doesn't find him, it's pretty clear that they're not just amiable enemies.
* TrueName:
** Crowley is made to sign his true name, in receipt of one Antichrist.
** The Horsepersons are also made to sign their true names in receipt of their weapons. Pollution's pen leaks while signing his, blotting it to the point that it might read "Pollution" or possibly "Pestilence." This is a reference to an earlier statement that, with the rise of sewers, medicine, and antibiotics, Pestilence hasn't had much work lately. Pollution, on the other hand...
** Possibly also God.
* TrustBuildingBlunder: Paintball as a trust-building exercise between office staff might seem like a good idea in theory. It might even be a good idea in reality, assuming one really can find a way to prevent the participants from "accidentally" injuring each other. Just don't get Crowley involved, because he'll switch the paintball guns with ''actual'' guns for a laugh. [[spoiler:He does make sure no one actually dies, because while he may be a demon, the book's description of him as "an Angel who did not so much Fall as Saunter Vaguely Downwards" is in fact quite accurate.]]
* TunnelNetwork: One of the New-Age beliefs that starts coming true thanks to Adam's influence is the belief that the Secret Masters of the World live in Tibet and have a system of tunnels beneath the surface of the Earth. This leads to confused Tibetans suddenly finding themselves popping up in backyards across Tadfield.
* UltimateEvil: [[spoiler:Satan never actually appears. He almost does at the end, but [[RealityWarper Adam]] prevents it.]]
* UnfamiliarCeiling: When Newt wakes up after the crash, he knows he's not in his room because there are no model planes hanging from the ceiling. The same thing happens to Shadwell, who wakes up on Madame Tracy's bed and briefly thinks he's having an out-of-body-experience because she has a mirror on the ceiling.
* UnluckyEverydude: Newt. Literally. He has terrible luck at everything he does, minus finding a job. [[spoiler:He gets out of it at the end]].
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Shadwell and Madame Tracy have unresolved sexual tension. [[spoiler:The ending strongly implies that it will soon be resolved, however.]]
* UnstoppableMailman: The same mailman is able to reach all four horsepersons of the apocalypse - including killing himself to meet Death - and deliver a package to each. [[spoiler:Happily, Adam's reworking of reality restores him to life, sans memory and any inclination to talk about what he does remember.]]
* UnusualEuphemism[=/=]GoshdangItToHeck: "For Go-, Sa-, for ''somebody's'' sake!" Also, "making an effort."
* UrbanFantasy: With the exception of a three-page prologue, the novel takes place entirely in modern, mostly urban settings, and, as demonstrated by the angels, demons, and various other supernatural elements, it's ''definitely'' a work of fantasy. (A comedic one, but it still qualifies.)
* VoicemailConfusion: Aziraphale's one-sided conversation with Crowley's answering machine.
%%* VoluntaryShapeshifting
* WalkingTechbane: Modern-day technology doesn't work the way it should when Newton Pulsifer uses it, to an extraordinary extent. [[spoiler:This turns into a ChekhovsSkill in the end with the nuclear launch systems. "So? Fix it."]]
* WannabeDiss: There's a bemused, cynical version from demons towards satanists (compared to what a Vietnam veteran would feel about a guy who wears body armor to a Neighborhood Watch meeting), and from the [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Horsepersons of the Apocalypse]] towards the bikers in the bar, who in their turn feel the same about weekend bikers.
* WatchThePaintJob: Crowley's beloved Bentley gets completely trashed in the race to avert the apocalypse. [[spoiler:Adam restores it as a gesture of thanks when he's tidying up at the end.]]
* WeaksauceWeakness: Holy water, and the horseshoe over Anathema's door that wards off demons.
* WeatherDissonance: Lower Tadfield has perfectly normal weather, a little ''too'' perfectly normal. It's always hot and sunny in the summer and snows on Christmas, every Christmas. Adam is playing a living WeatherControlMachine and unconciously making the localized weather in his happy little town exactly what he thinks it's supposed to be for that time of year. In fact, this is how Newt finds him. After all, [[UsefulNotes/BritishWeather when was the last time anywhere else in Britain had perfect weather?]]
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: A minor example with the police responding to the overturned lorry of fish. One of them has a minor panic attack on discovering that the load also includes lobsters.
* WickedCultured: Crowley tries, bless him, but he's not full bottle on high culture (unless early nineties yuppie culture counts), and he's not red-hot on being wicked either.
* WindsOfDestinyChange: Miraculous near-escapes work like this.
* WingPull: Aziraphale and Crowley, preparing for the final battle, sprout wings. It's kind of implicit that they had the capability, since they're an angel and a demon, but they've spent the entire story up to this point (apart from the prologue) in ordinary human-shaped bodies. It's only at the end when they face off against Lucifer and think they're going to die that they decide they might as well go out the way they came in.
* WorldHealingWave: [[spoiler: Adam does one of these at the end after averting Armageddon, putting everything back (mostly) the way it was and making it so that no mortal could remember what happened.]]
* XanatosSpeedChess: Crowley does this when the Dukes of Hell are after him.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe:
** Agnes Nutter, Nife and Accurate.
** Lampshaded to the point of parody when applied to every medieval character's casual dialogue.
** The passage quoted from the ''Buggre Alle This Bible''.
** Anathema's spelling is mentioned as being 300 years too late, because she learned to read and write from The Book.
** On the whole, the "Butcherede" part is somewhat {{downplayed}}, as an awful lot of the usage in ''Good Omens'' matches actual Early Modern English usage, but it's still not completely accurate. The replacement of ''s'' at the beginning or in the middle of words with ''f'' rather than ''ſ'' may have been done for technical reasons (it's possible the font or computer system used didn't possess ''ſ''), but it's not always done consistently with the novel's purported Early Modern English text, and ''ſ'' was rarely used twice in a row (so it would have been ''Manaſseh'' or even ''Manaßeh'', not ''Manaſſeh''), nor was it typically used at the ends of words (e.g., ''this'' would usually not have been written as ''thiſ'' - though then again, this is part of a "lengthy compositor's error, if such it may be called" by a character who makes a few other spelling and grammar errors, so this deviation from typical usage may have been intentional on the authors' part). However, the novel's usage is still more accurate than is typical. The archaic spelling is definitely a case of TruthInTelevision, as English spelling was not standardised for quite some time, and many words were commonly spelt with silent ''e''[='=]s that have since been dropped. The efforts of Creator/SamuelJohnson, from about 1755, and Noah Webster (he of the eponymous dictionary), from about 1805, are usually credited with codifying Modern English spelling, so the novel's description of Anathema's spelling as "300 years too late" is also quite accurate. The authors also use archaisms like "thee", "spake", and "shewn" correctly.
* YouCantFightFate: Subverted and played straight at the same time, as spoilered in GambitRoulette. It reaches the point where one can open up Agnes' book completely at random and find exactly the prophecy needed for the moment.
-->'''Aziraphale:''' Just because it's written doesn't mean it can't be written different somewhere else.\\
'''Crowley:''' In bigger letters, too.\\
'''Aziraphale:''' And underlined.\\
'''Crowley:''' ''Twice''.
* YouHaveFailedMe:
** Crowley pulls this on his ''houseplants''. Whenever one of them gets yellow leaves, he takes it away... and leaves the empty pot in full view of the others.
** This appears to be a standard way of thinking in Hell, as well.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: The concept is brought up in those exact words during one of Aziraphale and Crowley's binge drinking philosophical debates. It turns out to be literal, as well: they compare lists of organizations they consider to be on their respective sides, and a slight majority are on both lists.
* YouShallNotPass: Aziraphale, Crowley, and Shadwell are ready to pull one against Satan himself. [[spoiler:It turns out they don't have to]].
* YouWereTryingTooHard: Anathema [[GenreSavvy tries]] and [[WrongGenreSavvy fails]] to invoke this trope.

!!The 2014 radio adaptation provides adaptations of:

* AsHimself: Several radio personalities contribute their voices for scenes where characters are listening to the radio, and are credited this way.
* CreatorCameo: Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman cameo as a pair of traffic cops in the first episode.
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:Crowley splashes holy water on the tape he traps Hastur in. In the novel, Crowley leaves the tape be and Hastur eventually escapes.]]
* DefconFive: Played with in the final episode, when the four Horsepersons power up the nuclear exchange that will end the world, and all relevant indicators go to Defcon 5 -- because the Horsepersons have decided that having the indicators stuck on "normal peacetime conditions" while conditions become increasingly abnormal will increase the confusion.
* EvilBrit: Inverted. The story is set in England, and two of the Horsepersons have American accents.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The first time Mr Tyler complains to Mr Young about Adam's behaviour, Mr Young's reply is, "I know Adam is no angel, and I wouldn't want him to be."
* INeedToGoIronMyDog: In episode 5, when Adam starts to lose it as he hears the voices of the Horsepersons in his head, Wensleydale announces, "Is that the time? I have to go, ''Series/DoctorWho'' is on!"
* MythologyGag: Crowley listens to Music/{{Queen}}'s "Bohemian Rhapsody" on his car radio in one scene, in homage to the Best of Queen RunningGag that didn't make it into the adaptation.
* PragmaticAdaptation:
** In the book, Hell sends messages to Crowley using the voice of whomever he happens to be listening to on the radio or watching on TV, including [[Music/{{Queen}} Freddie Mercury]], Music/KylieMinogue, and Woody from ''Series/{{Cheers}}''. In the adaptation, various real-life BBC personalities contribute their voices.
** In the book, Red's introduction scene is an elaborate example, with a large cast, of the fact that wherever she goes war breaks out sooner or later. In the adaptation, this is replaced by a scene where she attends a war correspondents' dinner and turns it into a BarBrawl with a few well-chosen words.
* SettingUpdate: There are some subtle tweaks to bring the setting forward a few decades, mostly involving celebrities, brand names, and technologies (particularly in the area of Crowley and his cutting-edge-for-the-1990s telephones). Oh, and Wensleydale watches ''Series/DoctorWho''.